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One of the most important film world’s excellent stars are walking the red carpet at this one year’s Oscars in Los Angeles.

Joker leads the pack with 11 nominations, followed by The Irishman, 1917 and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood with 10 each and every.

Brad Pitt, Renee Zellweger, Joaquin Phoenix and Laura Dern are among those tipped to take performing awards.

Sir Sam Mendes‘ World Battle One myth 1917 and South Korea’s Parasite are the frontrunners to be named absolute best image.

Listed below are 12 issues to understand out for at Sunday’s ceremony.

1. Brad Pitt winning his first performing Oscar (and making a amusing speech)

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Brad Pitt accepting his award on the Cowl Actors Guild Awards in January

If you suspect the experts, Pitt is going to take absolute best supporting actor for Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

If he does, the ever-standard star is at distress of rep one amongst the excellent ovations of the night time.

He received an Oscar in 2014 for producing 12 Years a Slave, nonetheless his old performing nominations – for Twelve Monkeys, The Original Case of Benjamin Button and Moneyball – fetch all been unsuccessful.

He has swept this season’s pre-Oscars awards – and, if it used to be that you might well be in a situation to take into consideration, has received even extra fans for the unfailingly witty and charming acceptance speeches at each and every body.

2. Joaquin Phoenix winning his first Oscar (and making a political speech)

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Media captionJoaquin Phoenix has frail his platform at awards ceremonies to marketing campaign – nonetheless no longer for himself.

Phoenix is going to take absolute best actor for his outstanding efficiency in Joker.

What’s less predictable is what he’ll express on the rostrum, having frail completely different most up-to-date acceptance speeches to ship messages about climate change and „systemic racism“ in the film change.

„I feel he’ll want to make use of that platform to claim something vital,“ says Clarisse Loughrey, chief film critic for The Just.

This would perhaps well perhaps also be the 45-one year-extinct American’s first Oscar take at his fourth strive, after nominations for The Master, Gladiator and Lunge the Line.

It is some distance also spicy to predict where he’ll rush after the ceremony. After winning on the Cowl Actors‘ Guild Awards in January, he swerved the after-events and went to an animal rights shriek outdoors an abattoir – still carrying his tux.

3. The Renéessance

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Renee Zellweger received a Bafta for Judy final weekend

Renée Zellweger is going to take absolute best actress for playing Judy Garland in Judy.

This can total the comeback for an actress who used to be nominated for three years in a row from 2002-04, winning for Wintry Mountain at her third strive.

After that, she starred in a string of flops earlier than stepping lend a hand from Hollywood – she has no IMDB credit ranking between 2010 and 2016.

4. Any extra or less shock

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Laura Dern and Scarlett Johansson are each and every nominated for Marriage Story

Laura Dern is going to take absolute best supporting actress for her position in Netflix divorce drama Marriage Story.

OK, there might be usually some type of shock in the four performing courses, and that would additionally correctly be the case this time, nonetheless most tipsters appear to take into consideration Brad, Joaquin, Renee and Laura fetch them in the fetch.

The closer races are in the completely different courses.

5. Sir Sam Mendes flying the flag

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Sam Mendes directs the World Battle One drama 1917

The first British hope lies with Sir Sam’s World Battle One myth 1917, which is with out doubt one of the most important frontrunners to take the tip prize – absolute best image – while Sir Sam himself is a stable contender for quite loads of efficient director.

Nonetheless, the absolute best image and absolute best director prizes fetch long previous to the same motion photos absolute best twice in the previous seven years. A type of used to be Birdman which, love 1917, used to be made to seem as if it used to be filmed in a single shot.

Sir Sam received absolute best director in 2000 for American Class, and if he triumphs once more this might well perhaps also be the excellent gap between two directing wins in Academy Awards ancient previous.

Roger Deakins, the British man who filmed 1917’s „single“ shot, is believed to be a ineffective cert to take absolute best cinematography. After receiving 13 unsuccessful nominations, this might well perhaps also be his 2d Oscar in three years, after his 2018 triumph for Blade Runner 2049.

6. South Korea’s Parasite making Oscars ancient previous

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Media captionDirector Bong Joon-ho speaks to Speaking Motion photos‘ Tom Brook

If 1917 would now not take absolute best image, the nearest competitor is believed to be South Korean drama Parasite, which has a mode of wait on to alter into the first non-English language film to take the most important award.

It tells the parable of a poor South Korean family dwelling in a tiny, darkish semi-basement, and a correctly off family dwelling in a glamorous dwelling in Seoul.

7. The host

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Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler kicked off final one year’s ceremony

Truly, originate no longer understand out for the host, because for the 2d one year in a row there might be now not any longer one.

Splendid one year, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph delivered an opening monologue, nonetheless otherwise it used to be left to utterly different celebrities to introduce each and every category.

8. Billie Eilish’s Bond theme

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Billie Eilish with her haul of Grammy Awards

No longer swear with stealing the point out at one award ceremony (sweeping the board on the Grammys), 18-one year-extinct pop prodigy Billie Eilish might also function on the Oscars.

There has been hypothesis that she’s going to use the occasion to debut her theme tune for the brand new James Bond film, No Time To Die.

But there has also been an offer that she might well additionally rush away from her approved musical vogue and say The Beatles‘ The old day to accompany the ceremony’s In Memoriam segment.

9. A world choir of Elsas

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Elsas assemble! Actresses from (left-correct) Denmark, Spain, Russia, Germany and Thailand will unite to function

As approved, the absolute best song nominees will doubtless be conducted. They consist of Into The Unknown from Frozen II – which is ready to be sung by no fewer than 10 Elsas.

Idina Menzel, who voices the though-provoking persona in the fresh version, will doubtless be joined on stage by actresses who provide the princess’s snarl for countries including Denmark, Japan, Poland, Russia, Spain and Thailand.

Completely different absolute best song nominees consist of Sir Elton John for (I am Gonna) Admire Me All another time from Rocketman; Erivo, who will function Stand Up from Harriet; Randy Newman’s I Can no longer Let You Throw Yourself Faraway from Toy Story 4; and Diane Warren for I am Standing With You from Leap forward.

Warren is another who is asking forward to her first Oscar take, after 10 old nods.

10. Kobe Bryant tribute

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Kobe Bryant on the 2018 Oscars

As correctly as being an LA Lakers hero, Bryant, who died in a helicopter wreck two weeks ago, received an Oscar in 2018 for a transient though-provoking film known as Dear Basketball.

Oscar organisers fetch confirmed he’ll be in the In Memoriam portion, nonetheless it surely’s no longer identified whether there’ll doubtless be a separate standalone tribute.

Kirk Douglas is also at distress of be honoured after his death on Wednesday on the age of 103.

11. Any diversity

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Media captionCynthia Erivo: „I want to make definite it would now not understand love this each and every single time“

It is doubtless (understand above) that all four performing winners will doubtless be white. The steady nominee who might well additionally change that’s British star Cynthia Erivo, who’s an outsider to take absolute best actress for Harriet.

It is definite that the absolute best director winner will doubtless be a man, after that category’s nominees fetch been all male for the ninth one year out of the previous 10. He might well additionally be South Korean (understand above), however, if Bong Joon-Ho wins.

What has been remarked upon less is that there hasn’t been a female winner of either of the screenplay awards for 12 years, since Diablo Cody’s name used to be known as for Juno in 2008.

This one year, Greta Gerwig might well additionally destroy that fling for her adaptation of Runt Women folks, which might well additionally relieve make up for the reality she wasn’t nominated for quite loads of efficient director.

12. Conserving it in the family

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Noah Baumbach and accomplice Greta Gerwig are nominated for quite loads of efficient image for completely different motion photos

Runt Women folks is also nominated for quite loads of efficient image – where its competitors consist of Marriage Story, made by her accomplice Noah Baumbach.

The couple, who fetch a chunk one together, are also each and every nominated for their screenplays – though Gerwig is up for tailored screenplay while Baumbach is in the running for accepted screenplay.

In completely different areas, cousins Randy and Thomas Newman are going head-to-head in the absolute best accepted earn category for their work on Marriage Story and 1917 respectively.

Thomas has had 14 old nominations with out a take, while Randy has had 20 previous nominations and two wins.

Additionally maintaining it in the family are father and son Michael and Christian Minkler, who are nominated together for quite loads of efficient sound mixing for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

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